Burning Man is celebrated in Nevada, USA as an event focused on art, community and self-expression. It is named after its culminating ceremony in which a large wooden effigy called “Man” is symbolically burned. The event started in 1986 on Baker Beach in San Francisco. It first started as a small function with its founders Larry Harvey and Jerry James. Since then, it has been held annually, usually extending until nine days after Labor Day. Each year it sees an increasing number of participants. There are different camps in the festival, including the music camp. The electronic music camp performed by live DJs was first introduced in 1992 and since then influential names in the DJ fraternity have been added every year. Performing arts and guerrilla theaters are other important art forms in the festival.
The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, also known as the Coachella Festival or Coachella, is a music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, in the Coachella Valley, in the Colorado desert. The festival has reaped huge profits with a large number of participants adding up every year. Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen co-founded the festival in 1999. Musical artists from various genres like indie, rock, pop, hip hop, electronic dance music, in addition to live music, art installations and sculptures are part of the festival. The festival did not take place in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. This year it was held in April. The festival also has a number of world celebrities among the participants.
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Rock in Rio
The popular and recurring music festival Rock in Rio started in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It has spread to places like Lisbon, Madrid and Las Vegas. So far, eight editions of the festival have been held in Rio de Janeiro, nine in Lisbon, three in Madrid and one in Las Vegas. The festival was launched by Brazilian entrepreneur and publicist Roberto Medina. In 2011, the festival returns to its place of origin, Rio de Janeiro, with a new program of singers and groups. It is one of the largest and most important music festivals in the world. In 2022, Rock in Rio Brazil was announced for September. It is billed as the biggest music festival ever with top performers and artists in attendance. Dua Lipa, Justin Bieber, Cold Play and Post Malone will be a few names on stage.
UMF: Ultra Music Festival
Ultra Music Festival (UMF) is an annual outdoor electronic music festival held in March in Miami, USA. It was founded by Russell Faibisch and Alex Omes in 1999. Between 1998 and 2006 it was organized as a two-day festival. Since 2011, it has taken place over three days. Suspended in 2020 due to Covid, it resumed in 2022. This year it was held in March at Bayfront Park in Miami. Artists like Amélie Lens, David Guetta, Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, among others, participated in the festival. While the entire festival is known as Miami Music Week and is one of the most recognized electronic music events in the world, its grand finale is the world’s premier electronic music festival, Ultra Music Festival.
The annual four-day Lollapalooza music festival is held every year in Grant Park in Chicago. He started in 1991. His musical genres include alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop and electronic dance music. More than 4,00,000 attendees visit America’s oldest and largest festival each year. During the July 2022 edition of the festival, artists like Dua Lipa, Metallica, Lil Baby, Glass Animals, Machine Gun Kelly, Wallows, The Kid Laroi and so on performed. In January 2023, the festival is presented for the first time in India.
Tomorrowland is a Belgian electronic dance music festival held annually in Boom, Flanders. It started in 2005 in August. The festival has seen some of the biggest artists perform and huge crowds from all over the world attend. This year, the festival took place in July over three weekends. It was a digital event in 2020 and continued virtually in 2021 during the pandemic. For this year’s edition, the festival had a huge line-up of artists and performers. The performances were also streamed on YouTube.